Cousins Properties Incorporated (CUZ - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2017 funds from operations (FFO) per share of 16 cents, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 15 cents. However, the figure compared unfavorably with 21 cents recorded in the year-ago period.
The quarter witnessed considerable improvement in rental property revenues, which aided results to quite an extent. However, an increase in expenses was a headwind.
Total revenue for the quarter came in at $119.0 million, compared with $48.3 million reported in the prior-year period. Additionally, rental property revenues were $114 million compared with $46.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
Note: All EPS numbers presented in this write up represent funds from operations (FFO) per share.
Quarter in Detail
Cousins Properties leased or renewed 341,008 square feet of office space in the quarter. Same property net operating income, on a cash basis, rose 8.6% year over year. Moreover, second generation net rent per square foot (cash basis) increased 13.5%.
Total costs and expenses came in at $110.1 million, increasing significantly from the prior-year quarter.
Cousins Properties exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $16.4 million, as against $35.7 million recorded as of Dec 31, 2016.
Cousins Properties projects 2017 FFO per share in the range of 58–63 cents per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the year is currently pegged at 60 cents.
The company has narrowed its current year net income guidance to the range of 43–48 cents per share from 41–49 cents.
The company increased estimates for fee and other income to the range of $18.5–20.5 million. Also, the company has increased estimates for general and administrative costs to the range of $26–$28 million.
The company’s diversified portfolio, presence of high-end tenants in its roster, and opportunistic investments in best sub-markets should help it in keeping the growth momentum alive.
However, intense competition, high dependence on its office portfolio and further hike in interest rates remain the key concerns.
Currently, Cousins Properties has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
The company’s shares have gained nearly 4.2% year to date, outperforming the 3.2% growth of the industry it belongs to.
We now look forward to the earnings releases of other REITs like HCP, Inc. (HCP - Free Report) , Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT - Free Report) and GGP Inc. (GGP - Free Report) . HCP, Inc. is slated to report results on Aug 1, while Federal Realty Investment Trust and GGP Inc. are slated to report results on Aug 2.
Note: FFO, a widely used metric to gauge the performance of REITs, is obtained after adding depreciation and amortization and other non-cash expenses to net income.
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